Here is an overview of the types of projects that go on at the studio...
Public art projects include, in Eugene, Oregon:
- The ticket office at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts
- Eugene Station- the central downtown bus station
- Spencer View Housing at the University of Oregon
- Eugene Public Library
- With sculptor Ellen Tykeson, the Eugene Police Headquarters
- With Susan Price, artwork for Price Science Commons at the U of O
And in Newport, Oregon
- Newport Public Library
- With metal-master Greg Wilbur, Newport City Hall
I have repaired many lamps. A common type is often called "Tiffany" style, where individual pieces of glass are wrapped in copper foil and then soldered. This can include replacing broken pieces and fixing a problem I see often where the body of the lamp is separating from the topmost metal crown.
A specialty is replacing curved panels in lamps. This style of lamp is composed of larger pieces of glass, each of which is curved and then assembled, like individual "petals" that make a nice rounded lamp.
These days, I work mostly on lamps that are brought to my studio- so mostly local projects. I still take in shipped panels if they are notably collectible or, occasionally, when the lamps are clearly of a sentimental value and we can't find anyone else to take on the project.
Repair & Restoration
Pictured here is the intriguing Hope Abbey Mausoleum. Over a period of fifteen years and working with Pete LaVelle, the original 80 windows were completely re-built using new materials that matched the old panels that, over time, were completely shattered and bent.
Also at the site is a cemetery and scatter garden that has been lovingly restored and maintained.
Repair projects include anything from small suncatchers to broken panels of glass where the basic structure of the panel is sound. It is usually necessary to bring panels and other items to the studio, though there are situations when the repairs can be done in place.
Restoration is basically repair work, but more deteriorated situations where panels need to be re-worked in some way, whether because of "bowing" of the panel or extensive repairs that require separating the elements and then re-assembling them.
I take on residential design projects on occasion.
The challenge is always to arrive at a design that addresses the purpose of the window and a style that works well for the client and the residence. As time becomes more precious, I find myself more drawn to research of what is possible with glass and pure applications. In other words, just making stuff for myself that I later sell.
Mosaics have always been a companion art form to stained glass, whether because of their association with churches or because the first designer I worked with, Peter Van Rossum, was so accomplished at both.
In 2008 I attended the wonderful Mosaic School of Luciano Notturni in Ravenna, Italy.
There we learned the basics of working in mosaic in the style of the work in the Byzantine monuments of the 5th and 6th centuries that are plentiful there.
Ravenna was the capital of what is commonly called the western Roman empire, denoting a time when the empire, moved to Constantinople, successfully re-claimed much of Italy.
Monuments were build by the emperor Justinian and also by Theodoric, who supplanted the Byzantines but carried on the art traditions.
Pictured here is a piece made at the school, a dove or "columba."
I did a write-up of my class. Busy writing, there wasn't time to take photos inllustrating the process. I want you to know it was a fantastic week.
I have since made some mosaics for sale and as commissions and continue to seek opportunities.
I have glass that I have not used and don't expect to and therefore have for sale. Most of it is opalescent—more or less "milky"—glass in a lot of colors
I am not a store and have no interest in becoming one. Availability is limited to stock on hand.
I also sell lead. Six foot strips now cost anywhere from $7 to $12, depending on the style.
That is all that I expect to be selling. Other supplies should be ordered online.
You can email me if you wish to set up a time to see what is available. Prices are $7 per square foot for glass that is a square foot or larger. Smaller pieces are $2 per pound. I have read that a square foot of glass is about 1.5 pounds.
While there is a lack of suppliers in Oregon, Rose's Glassworks and School in Tigard (no relation) offers classes and a well-rounded collection of glass and basic supplies. Bullseye Glass in Portland sells their own large production of glass along with kilns and some tools.